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CONTRACT AWARD: SNC-Lavalin gets nod for BHP potash Hub program

SASKATCHEWAN - Based in Montreal, SNC-Lavalin has signed a multi-year Hub contract with BHP Billiton for the execution of potash projects to be developed and built mainly in Saskatchewan. Hub involves building a project execution centre where...



SASKATCHEWAN – Based in Montreal, SNC-Lavalin has signed a multi-year Hub contract with BHP Billiton for the execution of potash projects to be developed and built mainly in Saskatchewan. Hub involves building a project execution centre where SNC-Lavalin, in partnership with BHP Billiton, will apply uniform standards and leverage efficiencies in the execution of projects in various stages of development.

SNC-Lavalin’s mandate includes management of the Hub program and the execution of feasibility studies in the Hub office. It also includes the engineering, procurement and construction management (EPCM) for the projects once they are approved following the study phases. The projects include those to be developed in BHP Billiton’s Diamonds and Specialty Products Customer Sector Group.

Initially, SNC-Lavalin will complete the feasibility study for the first phase of the Jansen potash mine, located near Lanigan. The first phase of the project will have an annual capacity of 2.0 million t/y KCl. EPCM execution is expected to follow in 2012, once BHP Billiton receives the necessary permits and approves the implementation phase. The full Jansen project is being designed to produce approximately 8.0 million t/y of potash, and development is expected to occur in three phases. Other infrastructure and related projects include the development of port facilities on the west coast of the United States.

SNC-Lavalin is celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2011. Please see www.SNCLavalin.com.